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Obituaries 12/11/08

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Jacqueline C. Ziegler

MIDDLEBURY — Jacqueline C. Ziegler, 85, died early Saturday morning, Nov. 29, at her home with her family by her side. She was born Feb. 14, 1923, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late John N. and Edna (Schlesinger) Stone.

Formerly of Devon, Penn., Jacqueline relocated to Vermont to be closer to her family in 2004. Jacqueline attended the Minneapolis Art Institute and the Boston Museum School.

She was a well-known artist who illustrated dozens of children’s books, and painted hundreds of watercolor and oil portraits and still lifes. Her art has been shown in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York and recently at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. She was a supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center and for many years was the UNICEF collection chair for Chester County in suburban Philadelphia.

Jacqueline was a former dance teacher and an exhibition dancer for the Arthur Murray Show. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed searching for antique treasures, reading good mystery stories and spending time with her family.

Jacqueline is survived by her son, Larry Ziegler-Otero and his wife Wanda Otero-Ziegler, of Bridport, and her granddaughter, Rosa J. Ziegler, of Bridport. She was predeceased by her husband James F. Ziegler, who died in 1992, and by her brother, Lawrence S. Cooke. A Quaker memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at Havurah House. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice at P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Edward (Hap) B. Phillips

BRISTOL — Edward (Hap) B. Phillips, 79, who previously resided in Bristol, died Mon., Dec. 8, at Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. He was born May 5, 1929, in Lincoln, the son of Charles and Mildred (Poland) Phillips.

He was employed at the Bobbin Mill in Lincoln before joining the army as a private first class during the Korean Conflict. After honorable discharge from the army, he worked for the National Forest Service. Later, he was employed by the state highway department, where he worked until his retirement.

He is survived by a brother, Henry Phillips and his wife Martha of Monkton; a sister, Elaine Roback of Leonardsville, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Earl and Charles; and a sister, Ruth Gardiner.

Services will be held at a later date.


Mary Stuart Parks

MIDDLEBURY — Mary Stuart Parks, 69, died on Friday, Dec. 5, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after a bout of pneumonia.

She was born Feb, 4, 1939, in Sheldon Springs, Vt., the daughter of Harold Parks and Hattie Vancor.

She graduated from Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in Rutland. She was a photo assistant and administrative assistant at Ecole Champlain.

She continued her career as a cottage parent at Weeks School in Vergennes until its closing. Then she was case aid worker, social worker, and later a special investigator for Social Rehabilitation Services until she retired from the state in 2002. She was also a published poet and a staff writer at the Valley Voice newspaper.

She dedicated her life to those children and families who needed special guidance. Her retirement did not end her commitment.

She was a good friend and long-time contributor to the Addison County Humane Society. She made thousands of cat mats for the animals. She was a member of the Board of Directors for Addison County Court Diversion.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen Strong of Vergennes and Derrick Strong and his wife Mindy of Campton, N. H.; two half-sisters, Sylvia and Karen; two half-brothers, Francis and Butch; three grandsons; and several nieces.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol. Memorial contributions may be sent in her name to: The Addison County Humane Society P.O. Box 362, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Catherine M. Ketcham

BRANDON — Catherine M. Ketcham, 81, died Friday, Dec. 5, at her home in Brandon.

She was born on March 8, 1927, in Rutland, the daughter of Andrew and Angeline Marotti. She married Chester S. Ketcham, in 1971.

She was graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1944 and Rutland Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She also attended Seton Hall University in Newark, N.J.

Catherine was employed at the Rutland Medical Center as a nurse working in surgery, emergency and recovery. She was also employed at the Veterans Administration in New York and New Jersey and the Parton Health Center at Middlebury College.

She is survived by her husband, Chester of Brandon; a daughter, Tamara Ketcham Baldauf and her husband Robert of Brattleboro; and two grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, Pastor, will be the celebrant.

Following the mass the family will receive friends at the Neshobe Golf Club for a time of fellowship and remembrance.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to St. Mary’s School, c/o Rev. William Beaudin, 326 College St., Middlebury, VT 05753; Mount St. Joseph Academy, Renovation Fund, 127 Convent Ave., Rutland, VT 05701; or Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.


Lucille Poe Hartman

SALISBURY — Lucille Poe Hartman, 90, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at Shard Villa in Salisbury, as her daughter Katy was reading to her from John 14.

Mrs. Hartman was born in Apex, N.C., on April 1, 1918. She was the daughter of Herbert and Kathryn (Andrews) Poe. She grew up in Apex and was graduated from Apex High School, class of 1936. She afterwards attended Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., and the Corcoran Art Institute in Washington, D.C. She was an accomplished artist and portrait painter. Evidence of her talent could be seen in the many family portraits in her home.

On Dec. 19, 1942, she married William Dawson Hartman. After living in High Point and Morganton, N.C., she and her family moved to Riverside, Conn., in 1952 where she made her home for the next 44 years. Friends said her family was her life.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, where she was involved in teaching Sunday school. Following the death of her husband in 1992, she moved to Vermont to be closer to her family. She moved to Shard Villa in 1998. Fellow residents at Shard Villa often remarked at her southern charm, accent and genteel ways. She enjoyed attending Project Independence in Middlebury.

She is survived by three daughters, Jeanne An Hartman of Summerville, S.C., Katy Thornblade and her husband Nick of Castleton and Patricia Boutan and her husband Marc of Orr’s Island, Maine; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Poe of Clemson, S.C. and Ellen Poe of Cary, N.C., and a brother-in-law, Marl Ray of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Vernon and Curtis Poe, and a sister, Inez Ray.

A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in the family lot at the First Congregational Church Cemetery in Old Greenwich, Conn.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to Shard Villa, 1177 Shard Villa Rd., Salisbury, VT 05769, or to the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, P.O. Box 14608, Greensboro, NC 27415.


Paul Eriksson

LEICESTER — Paul Eriksson, 93, of Lake Dunmore in Leicester, died on Dec. 4, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

A memorial gathering with his wife, Peggy, and friends will be held in January at the Middlebury Community House.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.


Louis Joseph Emilo Sr.

MIDDLEBURY — Louis Joseph Emilo Sr. passed away peacefully at home with his loving family on Dec. 9. He was born Nov. 2, 1919, in Waterbury, Conn., the son of Giovanina (Ginnonie) and Angelo Emilio.

He moved to Middlebury as an infant after surviving the 1918 influenza pandemic. Louie attended elementary school in Middlebury, in the building that is now Twilight Hall, and then high school, which is now the municipal building. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1940.

Louie’s love of and talent for sports was evident, excelling  in football, hockey and baseball. After high school, he worked in construction at Middlebury College and in Burlington, on the University of Vermont Waterman Building. He then headed to West Hartford, Conn., to become a plumber’s helper. World War II broke out and he was drafted into the United States Air Force stationed out of Waterbury, Conn. He later went to Annapolis, Md., Lincoln, Neb., Washington, California and Honolulu, Hawaii.

While stationed in California, he worked at an onion factory during his free time. While in Nebraska, Louie had to prove himself on the firing range, which he gladly failed. He was assigned to an office job due to his inability to hit a target. In Hawaii, Louie was a typist responsible for typing the flight plans for the pilots of B-29 and P-38 fighter planes. He remembers vividly listening to Tokyo Rose on the radio. He was scheduled to be transferred to Guam when the war ended. In 1945, he was honorably discharged and returned home.

Due to his father’s untimely death, he began to work with his brother and mother in the family business. He eventually took over the business known as Angelo Emilo and Son, a coal and oil company, and began selling lumber. He owned and operated A. Emilo Building Supply Inc. for 53 years, at which time he sold the company to his business partners, his three sons.

For the next five years, prior to its sale to r.k. Miles, Louie continued to work at the shop five-and-a-half days a week. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption. Louie was also a proud member of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department for ten years, the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 27.

In his earlier years, he was a Little League coach and enjoyed candlepin bowling. Louie was always an avid sports fan. He loved Middlebury school sports, especially football, hockey and lacrosse. He took great pride in watching his children and grandchildren play sports.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Geraldine (Daigneault) Emilo, of Middlebury, three sons and one daughter. His family includes son Louis J. Emilo Jr. (Mick) and wife Susan of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and their four sons, Christopher and friend Gail Mannigan of Middlebury, and his son, Trevor of Bristol; Brett and wife Kate of Montour Falls, N.Y.; Anthony (Tony) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Jason, with whom Louie shared his birth date, along with Jason’s fiancée, Stephanie Triplett, of Washington, D.C.

Also, son Richard Emilo and wife Glenna of Middlebury, and their children, Dana Livingston and husband Mark, and their sons Mason and Maverick, of New Haven; and Eric and wife Whitney of Fairfax, Va.

Also, son Ronald Emilo and wife Sheila of Kansas City, Mo., and their children, Gerritt of Kansas City, Mo.; Jocelyn and friend Mike Mulligan of Shoreham; Bailey and friend Jeff Royer of Essex Junction, and Gina and friend Darren Ouellette of Shoreham.

Also, only daughter Wendy Giard and husband Jim and their son Ryley, all of Shoreham, and their daughter, Amanda and special friend Joe Colangelo of Middlebury.

Louie is also survived by one sister, Angelina Ciufo of Burlington.

Louie was predeceased by five brothers, Peter, Ralph, Sam, Charlie and Jimmy; and two sisters, Mary and Josephine. He was also predeceased by four infant daughters, Mary, Jane, June and Joan.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews and best friends, John and Donna Hendy.

Louie also leaves friends too numerous to mention. He was proud of his family and loved them all. May he rest in eternal peace and comfort. We love you Dad and Papa, and will miss you but never forget you!

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. l3, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or the Memorial Sports Center, P.O. Box 835, Middlebury, VT 05753.


William L. Burnett

BRANDON — William L. Burnett, 69, died Monday, Dec. 8, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.

He was born in Burlington on Nov. 12, 1939, the son of William N. and Ruth (Davis) Burnett. He was a graduate of Troy (N.Y.) High School, class of 1957. He afterwards attended Syracuse University. He married his wife Linda in Syracuse, N.Y., on September 2, 1961.

He joined the United States Army in September 1959. He was an operating room specialist and surgeon’s assistant at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., until his honorable discharge in June 1962.

Following his return to civilian life he continued his education at Paul Smith College and received his degree in 1965. He worked as food service director at Cornwall Hospital in Cornwall, N.Y., and Helen Hayes Hospital in Haverstraw, N.Y., for many years. He served as an E.M.T. on the Cornwall (N.Y.) Rescue Squad.

In 1988, he moved his family to Panton, Vt., where he owned and operated Burnett’s Country Store until retiring to Brandon in 2003.

He was a former member and past president of the Vergennes Lions Club. He was an active member and current president of the Brandon-Forestdale Lions Club. He was a natural born “Santa Claus” and played Santa for many area corporate, club and school functions for the past 20 years. He was an avid reader and history buff, and was a volunteer for Bridges and Beyond Outreach Group in Rutland.

He is survived by his wife Linda, of Brandon; a son, Christopher Burnett of Bennington; a daughter, Cynthia Betters of Cornwall, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister, Joyce Redmond.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m., at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Diana Scholl, chaplain at Porter Hospital, will officiate. A private graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Friday, Dec.12, from 6-8 p.m.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Brandon-Forestdale Lions Club, P.O. Box 364, Brandon, VT 05733 or to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Charles S. Bergen

MIDDLEBURY — A memorial service for Charles S. Bergen, 84, of Middlebury, who died at Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury on Nov. 5, 2008, will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m.

 

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